Chicken Cacciatore–Italian Comfort Food at it's Best
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 6 servings
 
Nothing says good old Italian comfort food like a steaming bowl of Chicken Cacciatore over warm pasta, dusted with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Every Italian cook has their own version of this classic chicken dish. It's savory, falling off the bone delicious and oh-so-easy to prepare.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup unbleached organic flour (I use gluten free all purpose)
  • 2 ½ teaspoons sea or Kosher salt, divided
  • 1 ½ teaspoons freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 1 (4-5 pound) organic chicken, cut into pieces
  • ¼ cup butter or ghee
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 (28 ounce) can organic whole plum tomatoes
  • 1 (28 ounce) can either organic crushed tomatoes or tomato puree
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • ½ cup freshly chopped Italian (flat leaf) parsley
Instructions
  1. Rinse the chicken and pat it dry with paper towels. If the breasts are large, I cut each chicken breast in half.
  2. In a shallow bowl, combine the flour and 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of the pepper. Dredge each piece of chicken in the flour mixture, shaking off the excess.
  3. Heat the fat in a large, heavy dutch oven over medium heat. Add half of the chicken pieces to the pan. Cook until browned, 4-5 minutes on each side.
  4. Transfer the browned chicken to a plate. Repeat with the remaining pieces of chicken.
  5. To the drippings, add the onion and cook for 2 minutes. Then add the carrot, celery, garlic, thyme, oregano, bay leaf and crushed red pepper. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring often so it doesn't burn.
  6. Pour the whole tomatoes into a bowl and crush with 2 forks. Add the tomatoes to the vegetables and add the can of tomato puree.
  7. Add the wine, taste and add the remaining salt and pepper.
  8. Add the chicken back into the pot, reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 45 minutes to an hour, turning the pieces occasionally. Remove and discard the bay leaf. Skim off any excess fat.
  9. Stir in the parsley and serve over pasta on individual plates. Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
Recipe by Kate Battistelli at http://katebattistelli.com/food/kitchen-princess-recipes/classic-recipes/chicken-cacciatore-recipe-italian-comfort-food-at-its-best/